Totem Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sitka, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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The Totem Trail showcases totem poles that reproduce those donated by SE Alaska Native leaders to be exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. After exhibiting the poles Alaska Governor Brady sent the poles to Sitka where they were erected in the "government park", now Sitka National Historical Park. Many of the poles now standing along the park's wooded trails are replicas of the originals collected by Governor Brady. The original totem poles that have survived are now conserved and exhibited in Totem Hall at the park visitor center. A number of new poles, including the 2011 Centennial Pole commemorating the park's 100th birthday, have been added in recent years.

Sitka National Historical Park http://www.nps.gov/sitk/index.htm Descriptions of totem poles were taken from the park's cell phone tour, which can be accessed at 1-866-387-1112. The totem pole numbers in this guide correspond to those used by the cell phone tour.

Bring a raincoat--it rains a lot in Sitka. Bring your camera, you'll need that too.

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Chelsea Evans
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Easy peasy. Beautiful lush walk with totem poles along the way. Easy to access.

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Jayson Merrill
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Nice stroll.

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Loisi Vailea
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Hiking

Beautiful park. The totem poles along the way are incredible. A great place to take a stroll.

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Nancy Marsh
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Hiking

Nice walking trail through rainforest of Sitka spruce, hemlock and totem poles.

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rilene ann
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Every tourist goes here but still beautiful! Great short cut to USPS from harbor area.

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Jessica Strohmyer
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Cute nature walk. Great for kids.

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Mikayla Fisher
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Hiking

Easy walking/ jogging trail. Wide, well-kept trail with shade and totem poles! I highly recommend this trail for all hikers.

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Heather Nicole
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my favorite go to in sitka

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Josh Molla
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easy and fun, great totem poles and fun to jog through

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Sarah Z
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Hiking

Very nice path. Scenic views. Fun to see the totems. There are dogs to pet.

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Guimanda Anjum-Espinoza
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Easy and short walk. So beautiful, we were able to see so many Eagles from juvenile to adults and the totems are so stunning.

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Kristen Gail Berg
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Walking

Easy walk around Sitka National Historical Park. Make sure to stop at the park headquarters to pick up information about the trail.

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Bill Abercrombie
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Nice little trail. Short, easy walk through a nice forest. The totems are interesting to study and there is the Indian River to walk along and look for eagles and bears.

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Dave Hamilton
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Running

loved this place and all of Sitka!

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Greg -
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Very nice trail. Beautiful display of totem poles.

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Elisabeth Sanchez
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Patricia Grindle
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Suzanne Chandler
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Alexander Johnston
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Linda Qiao
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Kathy L
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Dan Reid
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Robin Latto
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Landon Taylor
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Stan Haar
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Danny Mitchell
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Jose David Godoy
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Kim Hansen
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Sue Gilsdorf
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helmer hernandez
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